What you need

The total cost of a Sky Hub Tracker varies depending on choice of camera, microcomputer and shipping cost for parts. A base level tracker will cost about $700.

Which Jetson Microcomputer?

There are 3 models of NVidia Jetson Microcomputer that we currently support. Select one of the following options.

Option 1 - Nano
Option 2 - Xavier NX
Option 3 - Xavier AGX
Option 1 - Nano

This base level option is sufficient for processing high resolution video data from a single fisheye camera. There are two models: 2GB and 4GB. You will need the 4GB developer kit model.

The Nano does not come with a fan so you will a 5V PWM fan 40x40x20 mm to keep the Nano cool while it processes all the data. We recommend this Noctua fan which you can purchase from e.g. Amazon.

The final required piece is a USB3 storage device which is needed for storing video recorded by the Tracker, database, sensor data, etc. A minimum of 250GB is recommended e.g. such as this. You will need a SATA to USB3 adaptor

Option 2 - Xavier NX

The Xavier NX is the mid level 🔥 option which will handle high resolution video data from multiple cameras. It already has an integrated fan. You will need the developer kit version.

For storage we recommend a NVMe storage device for holding video recorded by the Tracker, database, sensor data, etc. A minimum of 250GB is recommended such as this one.

Option 3 - Xavier AGX

The Xavier AGX is the supercharged 🦸option. It will handle high resolution video data from multiple cameras. It also has an integrated fan. You will need the developer kit version of the AGX.

For storage we recommend a NVMe storage device for holding video recorded by the Tracker, database, sensor data, etc. A minimum of 250GB is recommended such as this one.

Essential parts

The following parts are required for every Sky Hub Tracker. The GPS 📡 can be purchased from Adafruit. The rest from e.g. Amazon.

Item

Description

Fisheye Camera

This camera provides an expansive view of the sky. It should be IP based, support the RTSP protocol, and H265 standard. We recommend a Dahua 12 MP.

GPS unit

The Adafruit Ultimate GPS provides accurate time and location data. We recommend purchasing the Antenna, uFL Adaptor, and you will need a USB A to Micro USB-B connector. Note you should by the USB version of the GPS not the breakout.

Ethernet switch

The switch will be for connecting the hardware on the same network. We recommend a 5v or 12v Gigabit switch with at least 5 ports e.g. Netgear 5-port

ATX PSU

The PSU 🔌 provides a flexible and stable source of power for all the above and future items. We recommend at least 300W e.g. Apevia Raptor

Micro SD Card

Your Jetson will need a micro SD card to store the Sky Hub software and the operating system. We recommend a Samsung PRO 64GB SDXC endurance.

You will also need a STSP Toggle Switch and screw terminal male barrel jack connectors from e.g. eBay or see Amazon list. You will need some ethernet cables.